ITC SheTrades: Empowering Women and Boosting Livelihoods through Agricultural Trade – Leveraging the AfCFTA — Phase II
Co-implemented by ITC SheTrades and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the EWAT project aims to facilitate women’s participation in and expansion into regional and continental value chains. The project delivers capacity building to women in the agrifood sector and thought leadership through value chain studies.
Implemented from Dec 2021 – 2023 in Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania
About the project
The SheTrades: Empowering Women and Boosting Livelihoods through Agricultural Trade: Leveraging the AfCFTA project (FAO-ITC EWAT project) is co-implemented by ITC SheTrades and FAO and runs from between December 2021 and 2023.
The project targets African women producers, processors and traders in the agrifood sector and aims to:
Facilitate women’s participation in regional value chains and expansion into continental value chains
Map regional value chains (RVCs) in the agriculture and agro-processing sectors, in which there is high potential for women to benefit when trading under the AfCFTA
Under its first phase (December 2021 – 2022), the project delivered:
Four online trainings on non-tariff measures, trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, and sanitary and phytosanitary measures;
Four AfCFTA-focused policy briefs containing analyses and recommendations to promote greater gender-responsiveness in non-tariff measures, trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, and sanitary and phytosanitary measures;
Three trade-facilitation workshops for 200 women agripreneurs in Ghana, Malawi and, Nigeria
Two regional studies on the fisheries and soybean-to-poultry value chains in West Africa (Ghana and Nigeria) and Southern Africa (Malawi and South Africa) respectively.
Under its second phase (December 2022 – 2023), the project delivered:
Two trade-facilitation workshops for 79 women producers, processors and traders in Senegal and Tanzania;
Two investment-readiness bootcamps women agripreneurs in Ghana and Nigeria
Two studies on the fisheries and soybean-to-poultry value chains in Senegal and Tanzania respectively.